In addition to the resources listed below, residents of Massachusetts may access additional e-resources through the Boston Public Library.  All you need is a BPL e-card.


Library Apps

A number of library services listed below offer mobile apps.




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Ebooks, e-audiobooks, magazines and streaming video available to all Minuteman card holders   

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On-demand ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and television shows available to Acton residents and residents of other subscribing communities.

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Alphabetical list of Databases


Databases by Subject

Biography | Books and authors | Business and investing | For children | Consumer information | E-books and E-audiobooks | Education | Encyclopedias | Genealogy | General reference | Health and medicine | History | Languages | Law | Library catalogs | Magazine and journal articles | Music | Newspapers | Science |  Travel and country studies



Driving-Tests.org.  Free practice tests based on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles manual.

 Biography Biography in Context
Books and authors Literature Resource Center
Business and investing Morningstar Investment Research Center
Remote access is limited to Acton residents. 
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Small Business Resource Center 
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
 Children Britannica Learning Zone (early childhood)
Britannica Library: Children
Research in Context  (for student researchers in grades 6-8)
Consumer information ConsumerReports.org
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Country studies see under TRAVEL
Ebooks and E-media Hoopla Digital
OverDrive  (Minuteman Digital Catalog)
Education and career Educator’s Reference Complete
Encyclopedias Britannica Library Edition
Britannica Spanish Reference Center

Genealogy & local history

Acton Memorial Library Civil War Archives
American Ancestors (NEHGS)   
Library access only; No remote access.
Ancestry Library Edition
Library access only; No remote access.
Fold3 Library Edition
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
MyHeritage Library Edition
Remote access is limited to Acton residents. 
General reference Academic OneFile
Expanded Academic ASAP
Gale Virtual Reference Library
General OneFile
Global Issues in Context
Infotrac Student Edition
Powersearch Gale databases
Health and medicine Health and Wellness Resource Center
Health Reference Center Academic
  Nursing and Allied Health Collection
 History Acton Memorial Library Civil War Archives
Acton Memorial Library Early Town Records
Historical Journal of Massachusetts (Article Index and access links)
U.S. History in Context
World History in Context
 Languages Mango Languages
Law Social Law Library
Library use only. Please see a Reference Librarian for access.
 Library catalogs Minuteman Library Network Catalog
Commonwealth Catalog
Massachusetts library networks
Magazine and journal articles EBSCO Electronic Journals, Magazines and Newspapers Finder
Academic OneFile
General OneFile
Gale Powersearch
 Music Hoopla Digital:  borrow and download entire music albums  (1 week loan, 8 titles per month).  Access is limited to Acton residents and residents of other subscribing communities.
Newspapers Acton Memorial Library Newspaper Archive (Acton Beacon 1945-1975), Acton Enterprise (1890-1937), Concord Enterprise (1888-1963)
Unlimited free access. Users must create a free account.
  Boston Globe (via ProQuest) (1980 - to date). Searchable, text-only database.
  Infotrac Newsstand. A comprehensive collection of current and archival news content.  Coverage varies by newspaper. 
  MyHeritage Library Edition includes a historical newspaper collection.
  NYTimes.com.  In-Library access  |  Remote access  Unlimited free access to the New York Times. For both in-library and home access, create an account and log in using that account. Coverage includes 1981 to Current, plus historic coverage 1851-1922. Home Access includes NY Times App and 5 Premium Archive (1923-1980) articles per day. 
  New York Times (via Gale) (1985 - to date). Searchable, text only database. Index coverage 1965 to date. Full text coverage 1985 to date.
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
 Science Gale Encyclopedia of Science via GVRL;  all GVRL Science books
Physical Review Journals, Published by the American Physical Society
Library access only. No remote access.
Science in Context  (Gale)
Travel and country studies Global Road Warrior (for international travelers)

Funding for online databases is provided by: The Acton Memorial Library; Acton Memorial Library Foundation, Inc.; The Minuteman Library Network; the Massachusetts Library System; and the Boston Public Library with funds provided through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.       

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